Collaborations for agricultural profitability

CN-MR-2-Collaborations 1by George Looby, DVM

While students enjoy their spring break, the Rome Ballroom at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT becomes available for a variety of activities geared to groups outside the student body. It was in this setting that several university groups collaborated to present a meeting titled, “Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability.” To develop this program, three departments within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources collaborated to bring in speakers with expertise in a variety of areas that relate directly to marketing and promotion. The Department of Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy developed an informative session designed to stimulate those in the industry to take a hard look at their own management and marketing programs. [Read more…]

Market managers can make farmers markets safer

CN-DM-MR-1-Market managers 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

“We’re riding the wave of the local food movement,” said Bevan Linsley, Farmers Market manager and conference organizer. This conference focused on tools market managers could use to improve food safety for a long and prosperous season.

Janet Coit, RI DEM director and Ken Ayars, RI Division of Agriculture chief offered opening remarks at the Farmers Market Manager Conference, held at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) headquarters In Providence, RI. [Read more…]

Overview of the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference

CM-MR-3-Overview of 3by Bill and Mary Weaver

The Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference, held March 25 and 26 at the Harrisburg/Hershey Holiday Inn, was part of a larger effort by a USDA-funded project through Michigan State University, to protect milk quality by lowering the use of antimicrobials, while at the same time also lowering the number of mastitis cases.

The event, hosted by Penn State’s Veterinary Extension Team, appeared to show that the science is available to accomplish this goal, if all the many factors that can influence mastitis infection and treatment are taken into account. [Read more…]

A win-win with stress-free cattle handling

CEW-MR-3-A win-win 1by Sally Colby

When Richard McConnell and Tina Williams work cattle, it’s almost eerily silent. There’s no shouting or arm-waving, and no one is in a hurry. Cattle just seem to fall into place, moving quietly and willingly to wherever they’re guided. Richard and Tina say that stress-free handing is a matter of understanding cattle — how and why they move the way they do — and taking the time to train them. [Read more…]